Second Quarter Shipments of Tablet PCs Down

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Second Quarter Shipments of Tablet PCs Down

Etitor’s Rant:  Hello?  Microsoft?  Do you hear me now?  Hurry up with your XP Service Pack (Tablet OS update).  This is getting rediculous.  We heard some talk (and talk is cheap) that the full on Tablet OS Update included in XP Service Pack 2 was going to be released back in June.  Here we are in the middle of August, with nothing available from Microsoft except how to “get ready for Service Pack 2” which is supposed to magically arrive for XP users who have Windows Automatic Updates configured correctly.  To be frank, I think this approach is a load of crap.  Windows users have paid a good some of money for licensing fees and even more for the Tablet PC Edition.

So, sales are down.  This is no surprise to me.  Until somebody gets their ass in gear up there in Redmond, Tablet PC’s can’t get the big push.  So until then (any day now), let’s hope we see the update made available to us.  Oh and one more thing.  Let’s lose the “Automatic Update” method and gain a little more control over our own copies of XP.  Perhaps with a little more of a customer centric attitude from Microsoft, we will see less editorials like this:

The tablets aren’t working

Second-quarter shipments of tablet PCs down from Q1
Martin Lynch, Computer Reseller News 22 Aug 2004

Tablet PCs are failing to live up to their initial hype, according to the latest statistics from market watcher Canalys.

Although EMEA shipments for the second quarter of 2004 were up by 25 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2003, they were down by 12 per cent on Q1 2004.

Notebooks are still outshipping tablet PCs by more than 100 to 1, according to Canalys, and the firm claimed the ratio is showing no signs of decreasing. High prices and a lack of decent applications were cited as key barriers to success.

A Canalys survey of the channel in Q2 revealed…

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